To Aru Majutsu no Index II kicks off pretty much straight after the goings-on of the first season, leaving Touma struggling to complete his summer homework in light of everything that went on previously, while walking library Index isn't really making life any easier for him with her incessant demands for food. Still, such trifles seem like small fries compared to the nifty bow/glove-wielding magician who turns up in Touma's life within minutes of the episode beginning, wreaking havoc upon a family restaurant and kidnapping Index in the resulting confusion.
|Japan has maid cafes and cat cafes... so why no homework cafes?|
Without getting too carried away (this is only the first instalment after all), I have to say that this was a top notch episode that easily rivalled anything that the first season of this show had to offer - while that season was often criticised (and rightly slow) for its occasionally glacial pacing, this one-shot story zipped along at a perfect pace, giving us time to take everything in but without forgetting to keep the action and sense of tension moving along throughout. Does this mean that lessons have been learned from the first season of To Aru Majutsu no Index? It's too early to say, but let's hope so. Still, when you combine what we saw here with the show's super-slick animation and top notch soundtrack (which largely carries over from the first series), it looks as though we could be on to a winner.